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Ava’s 1st movie: Thomas & Friends Big World! Big Adventures!

by | Oct 4, 2018 | Family Outings, Places we go | 39 comments

A few weeks ago our entire family got treated to a special premiere screening of the new Thomas the train film. Thomas and Friends. Big World! Big Adventures! The entire family was excited. I however had my doubts feeling hesitant about going to the movies with a 6, 4 and 1 year old… (Let’s just say the previous experience was less than desirable).

Our girls are busy, rough and tumble kind of gals.

We keep screen time to a minimum and even Friday family movie nights isn’t a passive 2 hour sit down. Would Thomas and his friends be able to keep all of us happy and entertained for an entire movie?

Just a Mamma Thomas and Friends

First, more about the movie



Ideal audience:

Pre-schoolers (and their parents).

Storyline / plot:

Full of unexpected twists and turns. Thomas is on a quest to be the 1st railway engine to go around the world. Along the way he meets interesting friends as he travels across Africa, South- and North America as well as China. Nia, a beautiful tank engine from Kenya decides to join Thomas on this global adventure. Together they encounter different challenges and Thomas learns what it means to be a true friend.

The soundtrack is something special too.

With original musical pieces the soundtrack is fun and a hit with the littles. And how can we not feel proud to have local talent, Bobby van Jaarsveld singing the theme song?

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At the premiere we had a quick Q & A, parent-to-parent.

  • Bobby’s favourite character from the movie?

Except for Nia of course, Bobby also likes Yong Bao the tender engine from China but with so many wonderful old and new characters it’s difficult to choose. Everyone plays such an important role in telling the story and the message would be lost if someone was to be left out.

  • Are the “Van Jaarsvelds” regular movie buffs?

YES! Bobby loves going to the movies as much as possible. Once a week if he can and if there’s a good animation showing – it’s a family date.

  • Any rules at home regarding screen time?

At home the TV doesn’t get much use except for the occasional animation or sport; rugby.

  • Are you strict when it comes to exposing your kids to movies and animated series that promote certain values and storylines?

Absolutely! Our kids don’t watch anything without us. We are sensitive to the morals and values being conveyed making sure it fits in with our own.

  • Is Thomas and Friends. Big World! Big Adventures! the type of movie your family would watch?

Definitely. It has so many great life lessons aimed at kids. It’s AMAZING!

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Our thoughts:

Going global and visiting all the continents introduces Thomas to a whole new audience and having him in Africa is obviously extra special too.

We enjoyed meeting all the new characters but Nia is our favourite!

Optimist, strong, driven… She’s got girl power going on and holds her good values dear, treating everyone fairly. She’s the “moral compass” of the story but in a cool way, never taking a backseat in this male-dominated world of trains. Speaking her mind, staying kind and thoughtful, always being a good friend.

Her warm heart and infectious enthusiasm makes her a bestie to boys and girls.

Just a Mamma Thomas and Friends

Thomas and Friends. Big World! Big Adventures! Is a fantastic family movie.

It’s good, innocent fun sure to please Thomas and Friends fans as well as families looking for a great vacation release. The animation is colourful and energetic enough to keep everyone entertained without being frightening or over-stimulating. Good values are promoted and the overall message is one of encouragement, help and determination. Best of all, it’s short and sweet. Lia and Eliana watches from beginning to end without wanting to leave and didn’t feel bored. Even Ava enjoyed the 1st 30 minutes before dozing off.

The film releases in Ster Kinekor cinemas nationwide on the 5th of October. That’s today!

The new theme song can be downloaded for free from Bobby’s official website

COMPETITION CLOSED: Congratulations Priya Jackson

We wanted to include a freebie too!

Win a Thomas and Friends backpack filled with loads of awesome Thomas merchandise. Believe me it’s cool.

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How to enter:

  1. Please leave a comment below sharing your little one’s favourite Thomas and Friends character. It can be anyone from any movie or the original series.
  2. Be sure to follow Just a Mamma on Instagram  AND / OR Facebook. (We’ll be announcing the winner there.)

Also, feel free to SHARE this post with all the other Thomas and Friends fans too.

Good luck!

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  1. Only entries via comments left below will be considered.
  2. Instagram and Facebook is in no way responsible or associated with this giveaway.
  3. You need to follow both @justamamma on Instagram and / or Facebook to qualify.
  4. Competition only open to South African residents residing in South Africa.
  5. Winner must be 18+ years old.
  6. Competition closes on the 25th of October 2018.
  7.  The winner is picked at random and announced by the end of October 2018. 
  8. This prize is not exchangeable or refundable.
  9. Please enter valid email and contact info. If we can not get hold of you within 48 hours a new winner will be picked.
  10. The greatest care will be taken when mailing your prize but Just a Mamma and Bespoke Communications together with Thomas and Friends, do not accept any responsibility for lost, stolen or damaged goods.

Videos and photos courtesy of Bespoke Communications.

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  1. Janel

    We love Thomas?

  2. Cirsten Van Den Heuvel

    My boy is turning 3 in 4 weeks time and loved all the thomas characters but mainly Percy he loved.

  3. Anu Naidoo

    Thank you for a fantastic giveaway and review Thomas is little Kyle’s Favourite Character .

  4. Zeenat Carrim

    My little boy loves Thomas ?

  5. Nirvana Ramdhani

    My nephew turns 2 in just over a month and loves Thomas….. He’s always singing Thomas choo – Choo ?
    He would love this awesome prize ??
    Following on Facebook

  6. Chantel

    My son loves Thomas… amazing giveaway.

  7. Claudia Mc Namee

    Our 6 year old Kita she loves Nia
    Our 12 year old Brogan he always loved James
    then our 9 year old Leane she loves Emily
    Me i personally love Thomas since i was small 🙂 we love the fact that the series is still on E-toons. Cant help but to sit and watch with the kids

  8. Nicia Manders

    Definitly Thomas.. He is such a fun character.
    My little one would really love and enjoy this fun backpack hamper so much.

  9. Sibashnee

    Hi. My daughter is just 13 months old and simply loves Thomas. The minute she hears the starting she sits down wherever she is and starts clapping. She calls him Tssss. She learnt the color blue due to him. Its the only thing she watches on TV and what’s even more strange is that mum works at the railway. SO I GUESS Thomas is her favorite character

  10. Adeline Pillay

    Micah’s favorite character is Thomas

  11. Lerato Kantue

    My little absolutely loves the Thomas character. Busy making a collection of all the wooden Thomas train collection

  12. Loshinee Munsamy

    Thomas is Gabriella’s favourite. Shes 2 and a half and simply loves this character

  13. Shani-Lee Balie

    My Aiden looooves Thomas!!

  14. Charmaine Balraj

    Thomas is little ones favorite ❤

  15. Alison Johannisen

    Thomas the tank engine

  16. Andrea

    My kiddo loves Thomas think she literally watches it just for him lol

  17. Liana

    My daughter loves Nia ❤️

  18. Nicole young

    Wow what an amazing review indeed my little boy loves thomas his crazy about trains
    And thank you for this awesome giveaway?????

  19. Melissa

    My son is obsessed with Thomas! He adores James(because he’s the fastest one)

  20. Belinda Lee

    My boy loves Thomas

  21. Kim

    My son adores James and Thomas ?

  22. Juwayra

    Ahh, we love this movie. Jody loves Thomas!

    * Love your review of the movie too.

  23. Lizelle Van Rooyen

    My son loves Henry and Thomas… Oh and Emily

  24. Chesna Horne

    Thomas is my sons number 1 and Percy, we are off to see the THOMAS & FRIENDS: BIG WORLD! BIG ADVENTURES! movie tomorrow..we are super 3 year old son love and adores Thomas, his birthday is next month and will be having a Thomas themed party.

  25. Sharne Peters

    Thomas is my sons favourite character
    He even wants us call him Thomas lol

  26. thea lennox

    Little Roxy loves Thomas and his friends and this would be so awesome .

  27. Ragmat baron

    Thomas is my daughter’s favourite character

  28. Carike De OLIVEIRA

    My son is a huge Thomas fan. And my daughter’s favorite is Rosie.

  29. Taryn Ulster

    My boys love Thomas, Percy and James mostly but occasionally they switch to Hero, Toby or other new characteristics that they meet in new episodes here and there.

  30. Courtney Cogle

    My son loves Gordon ????? he absolutely loves Thomas ♥️

  31. Este van Aswegen

    My youngest love Gordon but just because it is Daddy name too.
    Oldest love Percy cause he is green (his answer to me when I ask he is 4)

  32. Louise

    My son ‘s favourite character is Thomas, but he has a worn down James that he carries everywhere and likes to put on the pillow at bedtime☺

  33. Zakhiyya

    My baby girl loves Thomas this would be awesome. Fingers crossed

  34. Natasha Wilson

    My daughter Zoey loves Thomas ???

  35. stephanie

    My daughter loves Thomas and Gordon

  36. Nabeelah

    My human loves Ashima from the previous movie “the great race” and he loves hiro. All around Thomas obsessed ♥️

  37. Ora

    Thomas met sy vriendelike gesiggie!

  38. Bernadette

    My son’s favourite character is Thomas and James.


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